Kedong residents allow construction of Ksh 10B geothermal plant

Communities living in the geothermal-rich area of Kedong and Lapland in Naivasha have now allowed the construction of a 10 billion shillings geothermal plant in the area. 

The communities gave the green light after they had fallen out with Akiira Geothermal Company over exploration of geothermal power in the area. 

This is despite a study by a non-governmental organization that noted that some members of the community had not been consulted by the investors. 

The move had split the community into two but following a consultative meeting in which the environmental audit report was tabled, they agreed to back the multi-billion project. 

According to one of the local leaders, Mike Ole Roka, from the Kitet community, there was misinformation over the scope of the work and environmental impact. 

Roka noted that though the Akiira geothermal company had not hit any wells, the community had benefited from various projects including water and education for their children.

The company community liaison officer Isaac Seroney said they were keen to work with the community adding that they had set communication channels.

The communities had opposed the project arguing that some of the families had been oppressed for years.

  

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